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Author
SYNDERS, Michiel.
Author 2
[Saint Francis]
Title
Epitome vitae & miraculorum S. Francisci locis sacrae scripturae, emblematis, & carmine expressa. Abreg
Published
Antwerp: Gerardus Wolfschatius [= Gerard van Wolschat(ten)], 1631
Description
[Rare magnificently hand-coloured religious emblem book with an interesting provenance] 8vo. Contemporary vellum, sides with gilt fillets along the edges, gilt edges, remnants of ties. Engraved title-page with dedication to Alexandre de Croy Chimay Aremberg (1613-1629) with his coat of arms, portrait of St. Francis, 23 full-page engraved plates outside text and 2 full-page engravings in the text, all in strictly contemporary hand-colouring and heightened with gold. [4 blank], [4], 75 [=85], [1], [2 blank] pp. First edition, unknown issue (?) of this extremely rare Roman Catholic emblem book, illustrating the life of Saint Francis with a most beautiful suite of engravings by Michael Snyders (Antwerp ca. 1588-1630), engraver and print publisher. The portrait of St Francis and 5 plates are signed by Snyders, one by Philip de Mallery (born ca. 1598 in Antwerp as son of Karel de Mallery). The second edition was published in 1632 by Michiel Snyders in Antwerp, a third by Johan van Sande, in 1672, also in Antwerp. From the famous collection of the book- and art collector Henri van Cutsem from Brussels. With the nineteenth-century armorial bookplate of baron De Witte, Antwerp and including an autograph letter (1891) of the antiquarian bookseller Schoepen addressed to Baron De Witte, stating that the actual owner of the book, Mr. Van Cutsem, does not want to relinquish from the book, pretending that he has refused a recent bid of the Duke of Arenberg (a descendant of the dedicatee!) of 300 francs. Apparently Baron De Witte could acquire the book for his own collection some time later. Also with an owner's inscription of 'Monsieur vander Vorst' on the first fly leaf. Very fine copy.

Coloured plates in order:

1. Decorative title page.
2. Stigmata Domini Jesu in corpore meo porto.
3. Qui nasci in cubiculo non poterat, diluculo nascitur in Stabulo.
4. Quis putas puer iste erit? Eunte autem illo Substeenebant vestimenta sua in via.
5. Crucis arma fulgentia, vidit Franciscus dormiens, Christum dicentem audiens, tua erunt hac omnia.
6. Leprosis fit obsequio, quos antea despexit.
7. Hic vir in vanital ibus nutrisus indecenter, Diuinis charismatibus preuentus est dementer.
8. Ductus ad loci Proesulem sua patri resignat, nudus manens, exulem in mundo se designat.
9. Franciscus ut in publicum cessit negotiari, in ageum mox dominicum secedit meditari.
10. Deum quid agat unicum consultans, audit coelicum insigne sibi dari.
11. Ignea praesentibus transfiguratu featribus in solari specie vexit te quadriga.
12. Crucis magnum mysterium super Francisco claruit, dum signatus apparuit ceuce duorum ensium.
13. Et in medio ignis non sum aestuatus.
14. Fulcite me floribus, stipate me malis; quia amore langueo.
15. Sitienti eduxit aquam de petra.
16. Pete a me quod vis, et dabo tibi.
17. Dat aurem suis auiem praedicans siluestrium verbis intendentem.
18. Hic creaturis imperat, qui nutui subiecerat se totum creatoris.
19. O virum mirabilem in signis et prodigijs, languores cum daemonijs quoslibet pellentem.
20. Nouum genus potentiae, aquae eubescunt Hydriae, Vinum iussa fundere, mutauit unda originem.
21. Nunc dimittis seruu dne secundu verbium tuu in pace, quia viderut oculi mei salutare tuum.
22. Ad quem venit Rex e caelo, amictu Seraphico, Confixitque crucis telo, portento mirifico.
23. Vili contectus tegmine, Sancto calescens flamine, Vicit algorem caumata, Christi dum gestat stigmata.
24. Pauper, nudus egreditur, coelum diues ingrediture quasi stella in perpetuas aternitates.
25. Non dabis sanctum tuum videre corruptionem.
26. O Amor! unus amor! fac unum simus uterque Iam tua crux iungat te mihi merque tibi.
27. O Amor, aut nimias transfer de pectore flammas, Aut sine siderias aetheris ire vias.
References
BCNI 8338 (1 copy); KvK (1 copy); Hollstein XXVII, M. Snyders, p. 96, no. 19 (coloured copy preserved in Paris); cf. De Schepper, 'Onbekende' Zuid-nederlandse embleemdrukken, 4 (2nd edition); not in Bibl. Belg.; Landwehr, Emblem Books Low Countries; Praz
Hand coloured plates
27
Binding/Size
S=8vo
Category
18th Century & earlier, Dutch, Religious/Christian
Value
$5,001-25,000
Stock ID
1421